The court in Budapest has not, in fact, released László Csatáry from house arrest, despite reports to the contrary, and has prolonged his detention until November 18, the daily Sme wrote in its Thursday, August 23, issue. The Hungarian newswire MTI misinformed on Wednesday that the Nazi war criminal who in 1944 organised the deportation of Jews to concentration camps had been set free.
Hungarian police arrested Csatáry on July 18, 2012, after Britain’s Sun newspaper published photos of him living in Budapest. He had previously been listed as a fugitive. The same day local courts placed him in custody, where he spent the following 30 days. Csatáry, a Hungarian citizen, also deported Jews from the Slovak city of Košice – then belonging to war-time Hungary – and was sentenced to death in absentia by a Czechoslovak court in 1948.
British journalists tracked down the 97-year-old former policeman who is alleged to have been responsible for the deportation of approximately 16,000 Jews from Košice during World War II, in a flat in an upmarket district of Budapest on July 15. Police detained Csatáry on July 18 and later that day the Buda Central District Court of Justice placed him under house arrest, the TASR newswire reported.
(Source: Sme, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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